Lux Radio Theatre
LUX RADIO THEATRE
Lux Radio Theatre was indisputably the biggest, most important, most expensive drama anthology program on radio. It ran from October 14, 1934 until June 7, 1955, then continued on television as Lux Video Theatre until 1957. In all, some 926 episodes were broadcast, providing a record of the most important entertainment events in American theatre and, later, film.
The show was first broadcast on the NBC Blue Network on Sundays at 2:30 PM. The show featured adaptations of successful Broadway plays when it was produced out of New York, such as Seventh Heaven, the first production starring Miriam Hopkins, Smilin' Through, Berkeley Square, Daddy Long Legs, Peg O' My Heart and Way Down East. On July 29, 1935, the show moved to Monday night at 9:00 PM on CBS, where it would stay until June 29, 1954. The show moved to Hollywood on May 25, 1936 with the production of The Legionnaire and the Lady, based on the film Morocco, starring Marlene Dietrich and Clark Gable. The audience for this production was estimated as high as 40 million. The show featured many of the most important films of the period, adapted to fit the 60 minute time slot. Some of the titles for 1939 should indicate the caliber and range of shows: Stage Door, Ceiling Zero, So Big, It Happened One Night, Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Lady for a Day, The Life of Emile Zola, Tovarich, Only Angels Have Wings, The Prisoner of Zenda, The Awful Truth, Wuthering Heights, You Can’t Take It With You, The Old Maid and Goodbye, Mr. Chips. For its last season, (1954-1955), the show moved to Tuesday nights at 9 on NBC.
Lux Radio Theatre was always broadcast live, with a studio audience and a full orchestra accompanying the performance and providing musical transitions between scenes. As many film actors were used to numerous takes and not live performance, they sometimes suffered acute stage fright before the show. However, since most received $5,000 for their performance – in addition to free publicity for upcoming pictures – actors appeared in their original screen roles if they were available. Indeed, production would halt if necessary on a film if performers were called to appear on Lux. When the actors were not available, others stepped in. The plays were assembled and rehearsed for a week, in sharp contrast to many other shows, which required a minimal of an actor’s time. Regular players for the series included Jim and Marian Jordan, otherwise known as Fibber McGee and Molly. Hosts included Cecil B. DeMille (1936-1945), William Keighley (1945-1952) and Irving Cummings (1952-1955). Directors included Tony Stanford, Frank Woodruff, Fred MacKaye and Earl Ebi. When broadcast on the Arms Forces Radio Service in the early 1950s, the show was re-titled Hollywood Radio Theatre and hosted by Don Wilson. Similar shows include Academy Award Theatre, The Campbell Playhouse, Screen Director’s Playhouse and The Screen Guild Theater.
OTRR Certification Information:
Series Name: Lux Radio Theatre
Certification Status: OTRR Certified Accurate
Certification Date: January 27, 2015
Certification Version: Version 1
Number of DVDs/CDs: 8/47
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Subject: More evidence of the quality of radio plays.
Each one is about an hour. The stories are adapted from movies, in many cases; it's amazing how 60 minutes fits these stories perfectly, whereas CBS's Suspense struggled with the hour long show, giving up after just a few months.
My two favorite shows before hearing Lux were Suspense and The Whistler. Now it's Lux Radio Theater. I absolutely love this stuff.
Subject: Good job OTRR.
First, thank you for the collection. This had to take an awful lot of time to compile.
A note for the previous reviewer. To the right of each listed zip file is a link labeled contents. Clicking on that will show what is in that particular zip file.
As to amount of time to download, as each one averages somewhere around 650MB, if you know what your download speed is you can pretty much estimate how long it'll take to get the collection (it took me two about days of 24/7).
Subject: Great stuff!
Subject: No contents listed
Subject: We need more info on this download
Also, give us a time-to-download notice. 1 hour? 5 hours? Just for one of the 47 files offered? Not everybody has ultra high-speed computers. The whole set would take days to download on the average computer. You need to provide the separate titles per decade, or however you like.
Another thing-- does this replace or improve the quality of the set that is already in the OTR Archive? Some of the shows are in awful condition, such as I Remember Mama.
Subject: Fantastic Show!
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